Viking silver penny (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 2.0
Silver Viking Penny
A silver Viking penny found near the Newark area in Lincolnshire
This is a silver penny of a type know as the St Peter Sword/Cross type. It bears an inscription to St Peter of York (c. 905-927 CE) and was minted at York between 921 and 927 CE. Viking rulers in the Danelaw eventually took up the Anglo-Saxon practice of minting coins which helped legitimise their authority.